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August 28, 2013

Survey gauges citizens’ emergency readiness

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is gauging Indiana citizens’ readiness for emergencies and disasters through an online survey.

Survey results can help the public safety community gain a greater understanding of how prepared Indiana residents are and how to help increase that preparedness, the department said in news release.

The online survey can be found on the IDHS website at www.in.gov/dhs under the Featured Topics Section: “IDHS Citizen Preparedness Survey 2013.”

Participants can enter a contest to win a free all-hazards weather radio. The survey started Tuesday and will stay open until at least Sept. 20.

The department said individual responses will be seen only by its staff, who will gather data from the statewide survey.

September, which is National Preparedness Month, is a time when emergency management and related partners emphasize being ready for an emergency or disaster. Messages during the month will seek to encourage all Hoosiers to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

A similar survey was conducted in 2011. One of the most compelling findings then was the difference in the level of preparedness between urban and rural areas. Residents of rural areas were nearly 12 percent more likely to be prepared than residents in urban areas.

Regional differences also were noted. Three of the four highest-scoring regions, based on IDHS districts, were in the northwest portion of Indiana. The Interstate 69 corridor from Marion to Allen counties showed a relatively low level of preparedness in the 2011 survey.

 

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